Online platforms that feature user-generated content filtered by moderators may have to find other ways to police content if a paparazzo emerges victorious in a current Internet law case. Do Moderators Disqualify Websites From DMCA Shields? The suit at the center is Mavrix Photographs, LLC...
The USTR finally got around to blacklisting Alibaba. That's right, Alibaba's Taobao flea-market boomeranged back onto the U.S. Trade Representative’s Notorious Markets List, a Scarlet-A register of websites and marketplaces accused of cozying up to counterfeiters. Is the news a shock? Not really. Capitol Hill...
Politicians gavel'd H.R. 5111, the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA), into federal law. What does ratification mean for small businesses? Well, as a whole, not much, because the law only affects folks who use “gag clauses” to prevent defamatory reviews. The Consumer Review Fairness Act...
Do you want to be held responsible for other people's intellectual property missteps? No? Then register for the DMCA Safe Harbor program at dmca.copyright.gov by December 31, 2016. People who previously registered by mail must re-register using the online system. Need help? Contact Kelly /...
Dietary supplement counterfeit claim news: A judge awarded 5-Hour Energy -- an over-the-counter drink sold at Walgreens or CVS -- over $20 million dollars after third-party distributors took liberties with the brand’s labeling. Anyone involved in the sale or marketing of supplements should take 3...
Are you trade secret reliant? If yes, take two minutes to read this post. Why? Well, federal Representatives OK’d a bill that, if fully passed, may impact your intellectual property protection strategy. Summary of Proposed Trade Secret Law: Addition Of Federal Jurisdiction Privileges Dubbed the...
Is counterfeit activity on Alibaba.com about to diminish? Alibaba hopes so. Headquartered in China, and an essential ecommerce cog, Alibaba.com is an online souq of product sourcing, selling, and negotiating. Recently, Alibaba announced plans to fatten its fraud department.Alibaba announced plans to fatten its fraud...
Judge Lewis Kaplan hammered his gavel on the cybersquatting scrum between programmer Jason Kneen and OfficeLinks.com executive Harsh Mehta. In tennis speak: “Advantage, Kneen.” A Quick Background Summary of the Mehta v. Kneen Cybersquatting Laws Case Kneen, a U.K.-based programmer, bought workbetter.com in 1999.More recently,...
Programmer Buys Domain In The 1990s; Startup Wants It In 2014. Sixteen years ago, a London-based programmer, Jason Kneen, purchased the domain workbetter.com. Fast forward to 2014. According to reports, Kneen was contacted by Harsh Mehta, the entrepreneur behind OfficeLinks; he wants to buy workbetter.com. To...
Occasionally, aggressive business competitors may cross legal lines when elbowing their way to #1 -- and injunctions can come in handy. So, let's review a few "injunction law" basics. If you still have questions when we're done, get in touch. Real Talk: Injunctions Are Tough...
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